Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Trueblood: the truth that makes men free

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    [Jesus:] “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    —John 8:32 (NIV)
    For the searchings of those who are weary of a meaningless freedom, which becomes so easily the bondage of self-centeredness, this faith is likewise an answer. They find that Christ offered peace, not in the sense of freedom from disturbance, but in the midst of the disturbance, and that he offered it at the price of the glad acceptance of discipline. The truth which makes men free is not a gift, but comes as a result of abiding in his word. “Take my yoke upon you,” he said, “and learn of me...and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Our tragedy, and even our stupidity, is that we think we can have peace without wearing the yoke.
    ... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Life We Prize, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951, p. 207-208 (see the book)
    See also John 8:32; Ps. 23:5; Matt. 11:29; John 14:27; 16:33
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your peace is worth all I can give.
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